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The Omni Ensemble Plays Works of Jim Lahti - Chamber Music

by The OMNI Ensemble

The OMNI Ensemble presents here the woodwind chamber music of Jim Lahti - a firm believer in the concept that tonality is still a valid musical language in which to communicate.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Variations for Flute and Piano
11:55 album only
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2. Six Poems: Introduction
2:49 album only
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3. Six Poems: 1. New York City, 1956
2:16 album only
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4. Six Poems: 2. Startled Deer
2:17 album only
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5. Six Poems: 3. Portrait
4:52 album only
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6. Six Poems: 4. but When
3:10 album only
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7. Six Poems: 5. I Knew in Drugstore Days
3:20 album only
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8. Six Poems: 6. Desperate Is Beauty
3:38 album only
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9. Five Not-so-easy Pieces: 1. Fast and With a Sense of Nervousness
1:51 album only
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10. Five Not-so-easy Pieces: 2. Flowing
1:27 album only
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11. Five Not-so-easy Pieces: 3. Slowly and Sweetly
2:49 album only
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12. Five Not-so-easy Pieces: 4. Light and Jazzy
2:38 album only
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13. Five Not-so-easy Pieces: 5. Fast and With a Sense of Nervousness
3:24 album only
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14. Sonata for Flute and Piano: 1. Molto Allegro
5:18 album only
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15. Sonata for Flute and Piano: 2. Adagio
5:19 album only
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16. Sonata for Flute and Piano: 3. Allegretto Scherzando
2:09 album only
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17. Sonata for Flute and Piano: 4. Allegro Molto Moderato
6:34 album only
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18. Sextet for Woodwinds and Piano
10:41 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Composer JIM LAHTI received his musical training at Sonoma State University near San Francisco, where he studied composition with Will Johnson, at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studied piano and composition with Robert Helps, and at the New School where he studied composition with Leonard Rosenmann. He has performed in solo and chamber music recitals on both coasts, and has occasionally found himself doing nightclub work as well. He has also worked extensively in the theatre, from vocal coaching for the New York production of Sugar Babies, music direction for several productions at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, to conducting musicals and operas.

A 1982 recipient of a New York Council On The Arts/Meet The Composer grant for his Variations for Flute and Piano, Jim has written for a wide range of instrumental and vocal combinations, from a musical to art songs, two concerti, other orchestral works, a requiem mass, and a great deal of chamber music. In the summer of 2000 Jim composed the score for Right - a short independent film - and also performed on the soundtrack with Nadya Tichman, concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony. His music has been heard in concerts in both San Francisco and New York, as well as on the Columbia University radio station and WNYC-FM in New York. Jim lives in New York City with his wife Mary, an artist and actress.

The OMNI Ensemble is doing a real service to music, especially new music. They are an ensemble of virtuosi.
--Lukas Foss

The performance by the OMNI Ensemble was the concert\'s high point.
--New York Newsday

The diamond-bright brilliance of the OMNI Ensemble dazzled the audience ... Immaculate timing, elegant transitions and a lush full sound are trademarks of OMNI.
--Arkansas Gazette

Founded in 1983 by flutist David Wechsler, the OMNI Ensemble is a chamber music group created to perform a uniquely flexible repertoire - from the Baroque to the contemporary Avant-Garde. Prestigious guest artists who have appeared with the group include David Amram, Roy Nathanson and Jin-Hi Kim. OMNI has commissioned and premiered works by David Lang, Lee Hyla, Allen Shearer and Jim Lahti among others. Their performances have been aired on WQXR\'s The Listening Room, the ITT Salute to the Arts, WNYC\'s New Sounds with John Schaefer, Around New York, Voice of America radio, and National Public Radio.

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Margaret Dansie

Beautiful music for just listening.
Great music for just listening. Would love to hear more from the same group.
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CD Baby


For the academic-minded fans of contemporary classical music, this CD will strike your fancy! With shades of Impressionism, the tone palette of this sensitive, imaginative composer is often sparsely orchestrated with intention and craft, while at other times fleshing out into full-bodied splendor! While tonal, his use of non-functional harmony paints a mysterious and enchanting picture.
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T. Miller, San Francisco, CA

Very Beautiful
Was pleased to hear something different and new. The quality of the recording is excellent. Hope to hear more like this from the Ensemble.
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